Monday, 4 April 2011

a new project

a few weeks ago i started my little goal of one week to better blogging, which i really, really enjoyed. i found having a schedule and blogging topic really helped to make me more focused with my blogging, which i had recently been lacking.

my blogging journey started as an extension of my scrapbooking hobby, i started my old blog back in 2006 as a way of showcasing my pages and connecting with other like minded people.  i made some lovely online friends and i am glad to say i am still friends with them.  

for me blogging is about the people and the stories.  i am addicted to blogs because i am absolutely a 'people person'. i love to read about people's lives and thoughts, i love to look at images of their days, whatever they chose to capture and write about in that moment in time.  i love to read about people's lives in different countries, their hobbies, their clothes, their children, their animals.  

my hobbies shifted a lot when i started my degree in 2008.  i found it hard to accomplish all the personal and academic goals i had at once.  so scrapbooking took a back seat, my craft supplies were packed away in favour of books and journals.  i still continued to document my life with photos but my blogging enthusiasm seemed to disappear with my scrapbooking.  i figured that people who read my blog would not be 'interested' in my new non-crafty life.  i figured my stories were not worth sharing.... i also set my old URL up using my full name - which i no longer felt comfortable sharing.  i had planned to change my blog several times but life got in the way.  i also had a bit of an 'blogging identity crisis' i knew that i wanted to document my stories, and i knew that i wanted to use my blog to meet and connect with others but i questioned myself.  i guess we have all been there, what is the point of blogging? who wants to read my words etc etc but thankfully i figured i never read other lifestyle or craft blogs that i enjoy and think negative thoughts.   quite the opposite the  little details are the best! I love it when i discover a new blog, or my favourite blog has a new post, and the reason is the person.  

for me, i tend to enjoy blogs when i feel a connection to the person writing it.  we may have similar hobbies or goals, or morals.  perhaps they just seem to be a fun person or they have a great style of writing.  so if i feel that way then hopefully people who read my blog feel a connection and like the fact that I just want to share my stories, much like the blogs i enjoy, of course a regular feature is fun, and a regular schedule, but i am just happy to share my story, really.  i love it so much when someone comments on a post, or someone subscribes to my blog simply because it's nice to know other's are enjoying what i have to say.

so i decided to start a new project: blogging for scrapbookers.  i have participated in most of shimelle's classes over the years and i always enjoy them.  i decided that although i don't regularly scrapbook anymore - it doesn't mean i don't want to document my life,  i do want to record the memories, and who knows i may make a new album again one day, but then again i may not, and that is fine with me! i want to focus my blogging, so for the next month or so i will be following the prompts, and i am really excited! i hope that anyone who stops by enjoys it, hopefully it will be an interesting month of blogging.  





6 comments :

  1. I can't wait to read ur blog and see what u've been up to!

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  2. The blog could become a good reference for scrapbooking in the future.....when you do have time again.

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  3. Have dropped in from BFS..loved your pics from yesterday and wish you well with your plans

    Alison

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  4. And once a scrapbooker, always a scrapbooker, right? And who cares if you are documenting your life on a blog or in an album? It all counts, right? In a way, it is all scrapbooking since essentially scrapbooking is documenting memories. And your blog already looks adorable! Congratulations on your fresh start!

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  5. Your post was a really interesting read today. I love to blog stories about people and things from the past too, but I also blog scrapbook layouts and other crafts. And I agree with the others - scrapbooking or blogging - it all comes down to the story in the end!

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  6. Another BFS classmate who started blogging for the same reasons! Good luck with your goals!!!! xoxo

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